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Texting Trouble: Code Words that Signal Teen Drug Use

If you mistakenly say “Parkay” (margarine) when you mean “parkour” (urban freerunning), then you’ll likely scratch your head when you see “Got skrill need wings A3” on your teenager’s phone. Those texting code words, which translate to “Got money; need cocaine; anytime, anywhere, anyplace,” are designed to fly under your radar. Yet they’re a clear signal that your child is involved in the drug scene.

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Vigilant Parents: Learn to Identify Teen Substance Use

From the moment our newborns are nestled in our arms, we do everything in our power to protect our children. We brush off snarky terms like “helicopter parent” and “snowplow parent,” knowing in our hearts that our commitment to the well-being of our kids matters more than the perceptions of teachers and other adults in their lives. Yet it is that same devotion to our children that can blind us to the symptoms of substance use disorders.

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The Lumineers’ III: A Sound for Substance Abuse

The new album and accompanying music videos feature songs that tackle the hard realities of drug abuse, familial turmoil, and broken households, problems that are unfortunately often yoked together. The songs are segmented into three chapters and tell the story of three generations (hence the name) of the Sparks family, a fictional counterpart to the real families that collapse over these hurdles every day.

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Hepatitis Addiction

Hepatitis and Addiction

Hepatitis is often linked with drug and alcohol addiction because substance abuse is the most common way through which forms of Hepatitis are spread and developed. Hepatitis comes in many forms: viral, bacterial, chemical, and metabolic. It is a chronic condition that causes liver inflammation and, without treatment, can be fatal.

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Grieving a Child lost to Addiction

“To surrender to one’s own grief and become actively engaged in it requires tremendous courage. This courage is vastly different from showing a cheerful face to our friends when we are hurting. Real courage is owning up to the fact

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